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DSA 2022: Indonesian shipyards keep up tempo of naval construction

27th March 2022 - 02:18 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Indonesian Navy commissioned its eighth landing ship tank on 8 March. It is seen here at its launch. (Photo: PT Daya Radar Utama)

Wherever possible, Indonesia is using local shipbuilders to build vessels for its disparate naval requirements.

The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) commissioned an additional LST of the Teluk Bintuni class in Bandar Lampung on 8 March.

The new 120m-long vessel is named KRI Telul Palu, with pennant number ‘523’. It is the eighth of nine LSTs built to replace older amphibious vessels, and the amphibious vessel is expected to be based in Lampung.

PT Daya Radar Utama constructed this ship, and a preceding one inducted on 12 July 2021. The final LST of a three-ship contract awarded in January 2017 should be finished this year.

Adm Yudo Morgono, Chief of the Indonesian Navy, said at the

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